Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!


Wow!  It's hard to believe another year has flown by.  2014 was a big year at Straight to Audio Productions as we released our third audio book titled, WHEN ASSISTED SUICIDE AND COSMETICS COLLIDE . . . Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book http://tinyurl.com/GadzooksAudible

I feel blessed to have worked with such a fantastic group of actors on both the audio book and the video to promote it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4SU-a6u4FY&feature=youtu.be

Looking ahead to 2015, fans of the Quirky Audio Book Series can look forward to more wacky videos and even some memes!  I will be posting a series of funny ads on YouTube under the title #Quirky Polygamist.  We've even got our own Twitter Account https://twitter.com/QuirkyPoly

Here's hoping that the New Year brings Peace, Prosperity, Joy, Good Health and Love to you and your family.  Happy New Year from Straight to Audio Productions 
http://www.quirkyaudiobooks.com





Sunday, December 28, 2014

SurviRal -- A New Book by Ken Benton



On today's blog piece, we're featuring a synopsis of the book, SurviRial by Ken Benton.

The deadliest flu season in a hundred years is about to turn a whole lot deadlier. When an accident at a famous medical research facility lets a mutated avian flu strain out, a nightmare scenario unfolds. Before authorities can react, millions are infectedóand thatís just the beginning. The mortality rate exceeds 80%. Leaders and elected officials soon learn the man-manipulated virus respects neither rank nor stature. The resulting chain reaction leads to a collapse of modern societyóeven in Colorado, where no cases of the killer strain have yet appeared.
Clint Stonebreaker, a happily-married software engineer living in Denver, doesnít like watching the news. He especially doesnít let Jake, his wacky doomsday-prepping brother, watch it when he visits. But when chaos goes viral through the entire country, Clint and his wife Jenny are forced to acknowledge reality. They find themselves hitting the road with their gun-enthusiast neighbor to escape the deteriorating city. Their goal? Reaching Clintís hunting cabin in Southeastern Colorado and trying to make a homestead of it.
They don't get far before running into a gauntlet of obstacles. Colorado seems to have become a giant sociological experiment, with dire consequences for making the wrong decisions. The spirit of American resolve is pitted against the ugly realty of criminal opportunism in every direction they turn. Ironically, Clint isn't sure which is worse: being forced to survive in the midst of civil unrest, or knowing he'll have to admit to Jake that he was right. Assuming he can find him.

Get the Kindle version here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R4VD7PS

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Holidays!


Wow!  It's hard to believe that another year is coming to a close.  2014 was a great year at Straight to Audio Productions.  In early October, we released WHEN ASSISTED SUICIDE AND COSMETICS COLLIDE . . . Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book http://tinyurl.com/GadzooksAudible

As with all my projects, I also produced a wacky video to promote sales on Audible and Amazon.com. Here's the video we did for Gadzooks!  http://tinyurl.com/quirkyaudio-book

In the New Year, the plan is to produce a series of videos under the brand, #Quirky Polygamist.  These messages are designed to make people laugh and also give audio book listeners a peek into the area where the action is set in the Quirky Audio Book Series.  #Quirky Polygamist also has its own Twitter handle https://twitter.com/QuirkyPoly

From my studio to your home, here's wishing you the Happiest Holiday Season ever!






Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ghosts & Gold


In today's blog post, I'd like to share some information about Ghosts & Gold by R.W. Lang http://www.amazon.com/Ghosts-Gold-R-W-Lang/dp/1499203322

The novel Ghosts & Gold is part tragedy, fantasy, and romance. Dr Jack Martin, a veterinarian, loses his wife and daughter in a vehicular accident. Distraught, Jack decides to sell his house and business in Bel Air, Maryland, and temporarily moves in with his sister, and lesbian lover in Palm Springs, California. He buys a pickup and camper, adopts a red and white Irish Setter named Domino, then travels throughout northern Nevada. Jack breaks his leg digging for gold in Rhyolite, Nevada, and Dr. Taylor Adams saves him. She convinces him to move in with her to ease his recovery, and they fall in love. You have to read the book to find out about the Ghosts!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hilarious Christmas Movie



I stumbled across one of the best Christmas movies I've seen in a long time on Lifetime the other night. Wishin' and Hopin' is based on the New York Times best-selling novel written by Wally Lamb http://www.amazon.com/Wishin-Hopin-CD-Wally-Lamb/dp/B0045EPDAO.

Besides being an outrageously funny comedy about a kid attending Catholic School back in the 1960s, this little ditty features a huge cast of stars: Molly Ringwald, Chevy Chase, Cheri Oteri just to name a few.

Wishin' and Hopin' chronicles the adventures of Felix Funicello (cousin of the infamous Annette Funicello). Young Felix himself in one pickle after another, unwisely re-telling dirty jokes that he doesn't get. His classmates are similarly wacky, from his best friend, Lonny (the dumbest kid in the class), to Zhenya, a quirky Russian transplant.

Anyone who grew up Catholic will appreciate the comedic illustration of the Catholic School Bureaucracy. Conchata Ferrell, known to many as the housekeeper on Two and a Half Men, stars as Sister Agrippina – a stern nun with a HUGE mole. Unlike in real life, the characters in this story find a hilarious way to level the formidable Sister Agrippina.

This holiday season, if you want to be “laughing all the way,” tune in to Wishin' and Hopin'.  There will be two more chances to see this show on Lifetime on Sunday, December 21 at 11 and Monday, December 22 at 8 http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/wishin-and-hopin.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Non-Profit Holiday Gift Idea



Fearless Puppy on American Road and Reincarnation Through Common Sense have twenty-five 5* reviews on Amazon between them and make the perfect holiday gifts! These books will entertain, but they have a serious purpose as well. ALL author profits will be used to sponsor Wisdom Professionals, beginning with, but not exclusive to, Tibetan Monks, Nuns, and causes. Money from book sales will establish permanent funding sources (businesses/funds). These will make it financially viable for an increase in the number of Wisdom Professionals worldwide. A motel-type guesthouse can be built near a temple or meditation center. Money raised from the patronage of business travelers, vacationers, students coming to the center for teachings, and youth and tour groups can then be used to perpetually support and provide the basics (food, clothing, shelter, books, medical expenses) to an ever-increasing number of Wisdom Teachers. An ordinary contribution is spent and gone. The Fearless Puppy project's contributions last forever. When you buy a book, so does yours. For more project specifics, news articles and reviews, and much more please see http://www.fearlesspuppy.org

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Review of The First Phone Call from Heaven



I had high expectations for the audio book version of The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom http://www.amazon.com/The-First-Phone-Call-Heaven/dp/0062294377
I've been a fan of Albom's work ever since I stumbled upon The Five People You Meet in Heaven. Unfortunately, The First Phone Call from Heaven didn't intrigue me in the same way my previous introduction to Albom's work did.

The First Phone Call from Heaven is about what happens to the people living in a small town in Michigan who begin receiving phone calls from their departed loved ones. The plot was very intriguing – were the phone calls real or was someone pulling off an elaborate hoax? The downfall in this story for me was an inability to truly care about the characters in the story. I suppose I just didn't warm to the individual characters which may have led to my general malaise towards this audio book. This was a huge departure from the way I felt about the characters in The Five People You Meet in Heaven.

I've spent some time asking myself where the disconnect is. Was I just not in the right mood for this audio book when I listened to it? Albom is undoubtedly a very skilled story teller, so that wasn't the issue. Because of this, I may give this audio book a second listen.

The thing I did enjoy was that Albom himself narrated The Fist Phone Call from Heaven. Not all writers are skilled voice actors, but Albom is a definite exception. Because of this, I plan to continue buying and listening to Albom's works http://mitchalbom.com/d/

I gave The First Phone Call from Heaven a 3 on my Goodreads page, but if there was an opportunity to rate the narration, I would have give that a 5 https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4673038.Adele_Park

Thanks, Mitch Albom, for sharing your talents with the world!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever


I was happy to discover the movie, Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever, playing on Lifetime.  Aubrey Plaza (actress of Parks and Rec fame), does the voice of Grumpy Cat.  This little ditty really put me in the mood for Christmas, but apparently, I'm alone on this one.

In doing some research for my blog, I was surprised to learn so many critics panned this movie.  I'm not sure where there are coming from.  Clearly, the makers of the film were laughing at themselves, even poking fun at Grumpy Cat memes and the over-commercialization of this feline icon.  There were even a few jabs at the Lifetime Network.

In addition to some genuine belly laughs, Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever also had some poignant moments.  I thought the lead human in the show, a 12 year old girl played by Megan Charpentier, was super cute and a good actress to boot.  

Despite the majority of nay-sayers, I'm putting Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever on my list of great shows to watch during the holidays.  Happy/Grumpy Christmas to one and all!


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Law of Attraction = Action



I read a lot of books on the Law of Attraction – some are better than others. I agree with the principal: what you think about is what you attract into your life. What I don't believe is the idea that all we have to do is wish for things and then sit back and wait for them to come to us. In my mind, The Law of Attraction = Action.

Mike Dooley, one of my favorite authors, talks about starting with an end goal in mind and then working backwards. The operative word here is work. Dooley encourages people to take steps in the general direction of their goals, leaving the “cursed hows” to the universe. All of this requires action, not thought.

I'm not a religious person, but the phrase, “Faith without Works is Dead,” certainly rings true for me. How can I expect good things to happen in life if I'm not doing my part to bring about those desires? And even if I could just make things materialize simply by wishing them to be so, how much joy could I really expect to receive from that?

It's not enough to create a vision board filled with beautiful images of what I'd like my life to look like. I've noticed that the times I feel the most satisfied is when I've done the footwork on a project and then see positive results from my sustained effort. This kind of action is truly empowering.

It is my hope that everyone dreams big and follows their dreams in a big way. Yes, the Universe is Conspiring in Everyone's Favor, but only to the extent that we work with the Universe to make it happen!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Odyssey of a Slave


I'm pleased to welcome Carlyn Craig as a guest writer for the Quirky Audio Books Blog.  Carlyn shares some interesting information about the Odyssey of a Slave Trilogy.  



Patrick Bowman’s Odyssey of a Slave Trilogy is a bold re-imagining of Homer’s Odyssey and the Mediterranean world that inspired it some three thousand years ago. The young adult reader already familiar with the landscape of Greek myth and legend and the reader looking for an entertaining introduction can both enjoy this trilogy, which begins in the smoking ruins of Troy, in the wake of the Greek sacking of the city, (courtesy of the “Trojan Horse”). 



Fifteen year old Alexi tries to escape, but caught and is taken as a slave by Odysseus himself, to serve on his ship for the return trip to Ithaca. This is the Odyssey of Homer, but the adventures are Alexi’s own. He negotiates between his status as a slave and the demands on a hero, as one adventure succeeds another. Alexi is forthright and brave, and ready for anything. He be-devils his Greek slave-masters with his acerbic wit, and usually outshines them in tough situations with his ingenuity and adaptability. As their relationships develop, they slowly begin to find the humanity in each other. In Bowman’s hands, Alexi never comes across as a modern boy in ancient dress. He’s a fascinating young character who is of his age - an age very, very different from our own.



Alexi and his captors encounter the lotus-eaters and the Cyclops, enjoy Circe’s dubious hospitality, and endure the wrath of Aeolus and Poseidon, driven along by Patrick Bowman’s lively and erudite prose. Bowman spices his tale liberally with ancient Greek phrases and concepts, creating a three dimensional experience of ‘the age of heroes’. The adventures of young Alex bring the world of Odysseus to life from a new angle, and possess their own unique lessons and delights. Bowman has succeeded in weaving a world in which natural forces, humans, gods, and demi-gods contend for mastery in every situation, and he has given us a fine young hero to root for.

Gerard Doyle, Trilogy Narrator

This trilogy is narrated by the much-acclaimed Gerard Doyle, who earned an Earphone and Best Voice in Youth (2013) for his recording of the first book in this series, Torn from Troy. “His facility for accents and characterizations and his ability to set time and place by just the slightest vocal nuance make it almost impossible not to listen to him. … A delightfully original introduction to Homer’s ODYSSEY, read by a master craftsman.” (AudioFile Magazine, 2013)

Patrick Bowman, Trilogy Author


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Meet January Jones



Just who is January Jones? Although this particular January Jones is not an actress on “Mad Men,” she is a celebrity. This January Jones is the author of Thou Shalt Not Whine . . . The Eleventh Commandment, Jackie Ari & Jack: The Tragic Love Triangle and Oh, No . . . Jackie-O! and The Christina: The Oasis Odyssey. January Jones is also a syndicated talk show hostess!

I had the pleasure of once again being a guest on January Jones Sharing Success Stories. The show is now in syndication on three networks: Talk4Media http://w4cy.com/radio-personalities/january-jones/, iHeart Radio http://www.iheart.com/show/53-January-Jones-Sharing-Succ/ and Blog Talk Radio http://www.blogtalkradio.com/januaryjones.

During the show we talked at length about what success means to both of us, as well as the trials and tribulations of using modern technology to sell books and audio books. January is someone I consider to be an expert on the subject due to her impressive resume and work experience.

And if all this isn't enough, This January Jones is also a television personality, Reality TV Golf Star, Cruise Ship Speaker, Humorist and Whine-Ologist! Learn all about January's exciting career on her website http://www.januaryjones.com/ That's where you can find links to all her books and even learn about Zoey the Talking Dog! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlCs6aJZ_5I

Listen toa re-broadcast of my interview on January Jones Sharing Success Stories
Thursday,  November 11, 2014 on W4WN.COM and W4VET.com at 6 pm ET.
Talk4Media http://w4cy.com/radio-personalities/january-jones/
Saturday, November 15, 2014 on BlogTalkRadio.com 10 am EST.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/januaryjones.
Sunday on November 16, 2014 onW4CY.com at 6 pm ET. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hooray! Gadzooks! is now for sale on Audible.com



Listeners who prefer mp3 downloads to physical media can now enjoy Gadzooks! Audible.com on Audible.com http://tinyurl.com/GadzooksAudible

One of the advantages of using Audible.com is that it is less expensive because consumers aren't paying for a physical product (not to mention shipping costs!)  

Many listeners load their audio books onto their ipods and then plug the device into their car stereo systems.  Isn't technology grand?  

I'd like to give a special shout out to Audible.com today for working with me to get Gadzooks! up for sale on their site.  Thanks, Audible!  http://tinyurl.com/GadzooksAudible

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Gadzooks! is Coming to Audible.com



WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ASSISTED SUICIDE AND COSMETICS COLLIDE? Find out in Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book.

Gadzooks! has been approved by ACX and will soon be available for sale on Audible.com. This is a great option for audio book lovers who don't want the trouble or expense of listening to their favorite stories on disc.

I am currently selling two projects on Audible.com: Jitters-A Quirky Little Audio Book is a 2011 Audie Award Winner in the Multi-Voiced Category http://tinyurl.com/AudieWinner

Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book is also available on Audible http://tinyurl.com/QuirkyProduction

For those who aren't using an ipod to listen to audio books, Gadzooks! is available on disc on Amazon

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Support the Arts in Washington County


Art Piece Created by Rob Wilson 

My name is Rob Wilson and I am a professor of Art at Dixie State University and a volunteer board member of five non profit arts organizations including the Utah Mural Art Foundation of which I am the director.  When I am not involved in the arts I am spending my time out hiking, jogging, playing outdoor sports, enjoying the beautiful weather and park amenities we have in Washington county.  While arts and recreation are my life, I want to speak to someone who may be less involved and might not fully understand what this city currently has and will be offering in the future in terms of Recreation Arts and Parks.  

Washington county is a major destination for tourism and recreation.  Cultural arts are very strong and are continuing to grow as a major economic vehicle in this area.  The RAP tax or proposition 3 is a public opinion vote that is going on the ballot which you may vote for or against on November 4th.  This tax is a proposed sales tax on nonessential retail items and is one tenth of one percent or one penny for every ten dollars spent.  One out of three pennies collected is spent by an out of town visitor.  This voluntary tax voted for by the people, for the people, and for the future would generate approximately 2.5 Million dollars that is specifically earmarked for recreation, arts, and parks.  

Being on the board of many organizations I am well aware at how much these grassroots organizations can do with just one penny, let alone 2.5 million dollars.  Voting on the RAP tax is voting for improvements to non-essentials.  It is true, we do not need cultural arts or recreation opportunities.  But people live here because of those opportunities, and people move here for them.  This tax is a voluntary vote to improve quality of life in Washington county. 

Art Piece Created by Rob Wilson 

Looking at the short amount of time our neighbors to the north in Cedar City have had the RAP tax, can give us a good indicator of where we could head as a city.  Cedar city is building a new state of the art building for the Utah Shakespearean Festival and another state of the art building to house the new Southern Utah Museum of Art.  They have increased public art and improved parks and trails, expanding a walking trail that runs through parks and scenic areas and connects the entire city.

Due to population and tourism we would have even more funds to improve quality of life for ourselves, our children, and our future.  

Please vote on the 4th and for more information you may go to www.washcorap.info

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Win Gadzooks! on CelebrityCafe.com


There may not be such a thing as a free lunch, but you can win a free copy of Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book on CelebrityCafe.com http://thecelebritycafe.com/contests/audio-book-giveaway-gadzooks-comically-quirky-audio-book

Celebrity Cafe has lots of contests that are open to the public.  Enter to win all kinds of cool stuff from books to bath products.  I've been amazed at how easy and fun this site is.  

Check out some of the other interesting things CelebrityCafe.com has to offer including news about the stars and other interesting, timely topics http://thecelebritycafe.com/

Thanks, CelebrityCafe.com for sponsoring the contest to give away Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book http://thecelebritycafe.com/contests/audio-book-giveaway-gadzooks-comically-quirky-audio-book

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Amazon Reviews of Gadzooks!



The first reviews of Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book are up on Amazon

The review program offered by Amazon is great not only for consumers trying to make decisions about which products to buy, but also for the sellers who need honest feed back.

I've been very impressed with how easy it is to use Amazon Advantage to sell my products
If I had to try and sell my audio books on an international level, it would take a lifetime to find potential stores to carry them, not to mention all the headaches that would arise from trying to keep track of payments. With Amazon Advantage, I don't have to worry about a thing. Once my products are up on their site, Amazon does the rest.

I'm so grateful for today's technology. It truly does unite us as consumers, allowing us to purchase an astonishing amount of products which are quickly delivered right to our door steps. Thanks, Amazon, for your great service!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Gadzooks! Now Available on Amazon.com




WHEN ASSISTED SUICIDE AND COSMETICS COLLIDE . . . Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book by Adele Park

In the eyes of Nadine, a polygamist and serial bride, nudging her husbands into heaven is a testament to love. Even Nancy Neptune, a notorious shock jock, is gobsmacked by Nadine's so-called “Celestial Send-Offs.” Things go to hell in a hurry when Nadine offs the wrong guy and is charged with assisted suicide.

Meanwhile, Blue McKenna has problems of her own. A power outage has leveled Blue's medical marijuana dispensary. Scottie Sphincter, lead singer of a band called The Rectal Surgeons, is fingered as a suspect. Blue makes an unusual discovery as she works to unmask the inscrutable Sphincter.

Using witty narratives, a cast of nine actors transport listeners to Navel, Utah, a place where voyages to the afterlife are done with God Speed. Cosmic mirth and hilarity abound in Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book. You'll die laughing!

Get your copy of Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book on Amazon

While you're surfing the web, check out the new website for the Quirky Audio Book Series


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Review of Lies in the Shadows by P.S. Winn


I'm honored to have P.S. Winn as a guest blogger today.  Ms. Winn lives in Cedar City, Utah, where she keeps busy with her 17 children and 18 grandchildren.  Winn says she's always wanted to be a writer, but didn't really begin her career in this field until 2012.  Amazingly, Winn has penned 18 books (composed in long hand) since that time.  Winn's 16th book is called "Lies in Shadows."  Read on about what Winn has to say about this intriguing work.


The book "Lies in Shadows" is a supernatural paranormal thriller.  I wanted to write a ghost story but not one that was just plain horror or like the TV series where people stand around looking afraid and doing nothing about it. In "Lies in Shadows" you meet Lucretia. She was protected as a child and even though in her thirties she lives with her mother. When Lucretia's mother dies Lucretia is conflicted. She misses her but at the same time she also feels a sense of freedom. When after her mama is buried and Lucretia sees her spirit things definitely change. Lucretia thinks mama may be mad at her, even though she didn't mean to help her mama find a quick way to the bottom of the basement stairs. Lucretia has one other problem, she has a memory block and can't remember a good portion of her childhood. I won't say any more about that as I don't want to spoil the story. "Lies in Shadows" is the story of a woman's struggle to not only find what lies in her past but hopefully what may lie in her future.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Review of Mystery of the Witches' Bridge



I came across Mystery of the Witches' Bridge by accident. I had been searching for other books written by May Nickerson Wallace, author of The Ghost of Dibble Hollow. Anyone who uses Amazon is familiar with their “You might also like . . .” feature. In this case, I mistakenly thought Mystery of the Witches' Bridge had been penned by May Nickerson Wallace. As it turns out, the actual writer is Barbee Oliver Carleton http://www.amazon.com/Mystery-Witches-Bridge-Barbee-Carleton/dp/0590413988/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1412080124&sr=1-1&keywords=mystery+of+the+witches+bridge

I can see why Amazon linked these two books. Both are about young boys who go to an unfamiliar place for the summer only to encounter a mystery involving family rivalries from long ago. I'm a sucker for these types of novels. I love the idea of solving a mystery over a summer and the search for lost treasure which which exonerates those who have been wrongly accused of misdeeds.

In the case of Mystery of the Witches' Bridge, the protagonist, Dan Pride, is not only faced with clearing the family name, but also with resolving the superstitions involving Prides Point, the family property. The townsfolk in this story have long been haunted by a phantom fiddler who plays an eerie tune when the fog rolls in near Witches' Bridge.

As a fan of YA, especially in the mystery genre, I was happy to discover the work of Barbee Oliver Carleton https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/694807.Barbee_Oliver_Carleton. I gave Mystery of the Witches' Bridge 3 stars on my Goodreads Page https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4673038.Adele_Park

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Freaks and Geeks



I'll be the first to admit I'm often late in coming to the party as far as social trends are concerned. In the case of the TV show, Freaks and Geeks, I'm about 14 years behind schedule. Thanks to my recent decision to get Netflix on my TV, I finally discovered the comedy gem others have been gushing about for more than a decade http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0193676/

Freaks and Geeks isn't just another funny show about teenage angst. There are some important life lessons imparted here, especially as it relates to bullying and social pressure. As a writer, I'm impressed with how these issues are handled within the contexts of a sitcom.

Besides the brilliant plots, Freaks and Geeks has a laundry list of fabulous actors: James Franko, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel just to name a few. Linda Cardellini, the star of the show, really shows off her acting chops in this show. Cardellini has such a wonderful way of expressing her befuddlement at the situations her character is placed in http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004802/

I'm puzzled as to why Freaks and Geeks had such a short run. My understanding is that there is only a total of 18 episodes – NBC evidently cancelled the program after airing only 12 of them. Later, a fan-led campaign prompted NBC to air three more shows, but it wasn't until Fox Family Channel put it into syndication that all of them were available to the public.

I've been a sporadic TV watcher at best. There have been times in my life when I didn't even own a TV, and other times when I had one but never turned it on. Historically, there are very few shows I have made a point to be available to watch. DVRs changed that for me, besides the added advantage of being able to skip all the commercials. Now, with Netflix, I have the joy of discovering programs that I have heard about, but never had the chance to see. I count Freaks and Geeks as one of the many joys I expect to receive as a customer of Netflix www.netflix.com

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Review of The Racketeer by John Grisham



I'm always happy when I discover one of my favorite writers has come out with a book in paperback. It's not that I'm opposed to paying full price for a hardbound book, it's just that they're heavy and hard to read in bed! Needless to say, I was thrilled when I came across John Grisham's novel, The Racketeer, in paperback http://www.amazon.com/Racketeer-Novel-John-Grisham/dp/0345530578/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1410873178&sr=1-1&keywords=the+racketeer+john+grisham
I've heard some literary types poo-pooing writers like Johh Grisham, though I often wonder why. For starters, anyone who can pump out as many best selling books as Grisham must be doing something right. More importantly, Grisham has a gift of sucking readers into the lives of his characters within the first pages of every book he's ever written http://www.jgrisham.com/

Writing is about communication, not flowery words. Grisham puts a fine point on this practice, creating novels that make readers yearn to find out what happens next. The Racketeer is no exception. From the get-go, this book draws readers into a plot involving a prisoner named Malcolm Bannister. Grisham expertly creates a plot which involves Bannister being released from prison in exchange for providing information about the murder of a federal judge.

Besides the interesting characters and intriguing plot line, what I liked about The Racketeer were all the unexpected twists and turns. By the end of the book, I had a completely different take on the action than when I started. And all this happened without a lot of confusion on my part. I gave The Racketeer 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4673038.Adele_Park

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Meet Steve Campbell



Steve Campbell (Old Doc Pinkerton) has been singing and acting all his life.  In the 60’s and 70’s he acted in plays and performed on radio and television and motion pictures. Commercials, voiceovers, modeling, traveling the country dong Industrial Shows.  He sang with a “Big Band” in Detroit Michigan for six years.  since moving to St George in 2002 he and his wife Cindy Have been working as Realtors at ERA.  His real love is still singing and acting.  He has done a few commercials and professional voice work since moving to St George but you may know him best from his stage performances with Dixie State University, St George Musical Theater, Space In Between, Broadway West, Hurricane Valley, or singing at various events or at the public library on Monday mornings doing “Story-time “for the kids.  It has been a real treat for him to work with talented Adele Park and her wonderful audio books.  He says “It’s a blast!”

A Note from Adele

I've had the pleasure of working with Steve for many years now. He has starred in the videos for all three of my audio books, doing a wonderfully funny job each time. Steve also served as the narrator for Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book. I'm sure fans of the Quirky Audio Book Series will be interested in hearing Steve's new role in Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book set to release this fall. On a personal note, Steve is as delightful to work with in person as the characters he portrays on screen and in my audio books.  

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

And So it Came to Pass



In my world, the phrase, “and so it came to pass,” usually doesn't refer to deadlines. As someone who spent nearly 20 years working as a reporter and news anchor, deadlines are sacred to me. That's why it was especially painful to miss a deadline that has been in place for nearly two years.

One of the challenges with the type of work that I do is that everything is a long term project. It takes at least a year for me to write an audio book and another one to produce it. Originally, I had set September 22, 2014 as the deadline to release Gadzooks! Another Quirky Audio Book. Unfortunately, that doesn't appear to be a reality.

While I'm in the final stages of finishing Gadzooks! I'm afraid to set another deadline, still stinging from missing the first one. I try not to be too hard on myself, remembering that I've put forth a major effort to meet my original deadline. I just didn't anticipate the final stages of this project would take so long to complete.

My husband, Michael, is the Executive Producer for all my projects. I was so grateful to Michael when he gently reminded me that when people get in a hurry, they loose money. That has become my mantra lately as I patiently iron out all the small problems which are causing me to miss my original September 22nd release date.

To all who have experienced this kind of missed deadline, I feel your pain. As a gentle reminder, there's no reason to have a bad ending just meet a deadline. Time may be fleeting, but there's still enough of it to go around. For now, then, let's celebrate the joy of a beautiful September day, trusting all is unfolding just as it should. 
  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Meet Kent Hayes



I was born and raised in Bountiful, Utah, and have spent the better part of my life performing and/or producing. I’ve had the pleasure of plying my performance wares on stage, screen, radio and as a voice actor, having recently been on stage in “2 Across” and “Spring Equinox! An Evening of Tunes & Tales.”

A Note from Adele

I have truly enjoyed working with Kent. He is funny, professional and very good at what he does. Kent first came to Straight to Audio Productions to perform the role of Randall Smoot in Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book. Kent's back and better than ever in his rendition of Scottie Sphincter in Gadzooks! Another Quirky Audio Book set to be released on September 22, 2014.  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Meet Melissa Sandberg



I grew up in beautiful Park City, enamored with the ski-racers and sporty thrill seekers of my community, but I always sought out my adrenalin rush through performing.  I continued to chase that rush, studying musical theater at Webster Conservatory in St. Louis, and at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, England (founded by Sir Paul McCartney).  

Now having lived in New York City for over nine years, I've had the thrill of acting in film (notably 2012 Sundance rom-com Price Check with Parker Posey) and in television (Showtime's The Big C, ABC's Cupid; Kitty on HBO's Boardwalk Empire, Amanda Stone in the upcoming season of Blue Bloods on CBS). My biggest highs are on stage, though, in roles like Roxie (Chicago), Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady), and Annie Oakley (Annie Get Your Gun).

Along the way, I've discovered a love for voice over work and have lent my voice to commercial spots for Audi, Disney, Snickers, Sealy, Vitamin Shoppe, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  It's all in the effort of telling a good story, and I'm excited to continue to tell this wonderfully wild story of Blue McKenna.  



A Note from Adele

It is an honor for me to work with someone of Melissa's calibre. In addition to being the consummate professional, Melissa is awesome in her performance of Blue McKenna in both Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book and Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book. I feel fortunate to have Melissa on board, especially since she lives in New York City where she enjoys a busy career as an actress. I'm grateful that Melissa still finds time to come back to Utah to record for Straight to Audio Productions.  

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Meet Rhett Guter




I grew up in St. George, Utah and began studying theatre at Tuacahn High School. From there I made my way to Southern Utah University where I completed a degree in Theatre Arts and Dance. I'm a bit of a nomad performing all around the world. Recently, I was in Germany and France with the International Tour of West Side Story in the role of Action. However one of my favorite places to come back to is Southern Utah where I often work with the Utah Shakespeare Festival as an actor and choreographer.

A Note from Adele

Rhett returns to Straight to Audio Productions for an encore performance as Steven Finch. Rhett's narration style for this role is laugh-out-loud! It's been my pleasure to work with Rhett who is now in Chicago performing at the prestigious Goodman Theatre.  

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Meet Abby Elvidge



I grew up in Normal, Illinois, which will forever link me to one of my favorite films of all time, Young Frankenstein, for obvious reasons if you know the film!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH97lImrr0Q

I studied theatre at Columbia College in Chicago. While in Chicago I had the extraordinary experience of playing Lydie in the original production of John Guare's 'Lydie Breeze', directed by the brilliant Vito D'Ambrosio
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0195101/

After several years of working as a paleobotanist at The Desert Research Institute in Reno, NV, I returned to the field of acting as a Voiceover Artist, specializing in character work for games and animation, and developing an intense passion for Audiobook Narration.

A Note from Adele
I really enjoyed working with Abby. Not only is she Abby from Normal – a perfect fit for the Quirky Audio Book Series – but she is a real delight to work with! Abby did an excellent job in her role as Nadine Reinheart-Mackleprang-Stratton-Viapondo-Davenport in Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book.

Because Abby spends all day every day working as a professional narrator and editor, I found it especially pleasant to edit her files. There's nothing quite so nice as an actor who knows how to avoid recording pitfalls and the subsequent fixes that follow. I'm very excited and happy to have Abby as a member of the Straight to Audio Productions Family!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Summer Vacation


One of the best things about working hard, is playing even harder.  Normally, my idea of a vacation is to engage in some kind of activity that stimulates me, but might wear someone else out.  I'm an athletic person by nature, so my time off tends to be filled with bicycling, hiking, jet skiing, ATV riding and the like.  Not so with this vacation!

I'm on my way to beautiful Reno, Nevada, to enjoy a little trip with some of my girlfriends.  On the agenda:  two shows, a day at the spa and a cruise on Lake Tahoe.  I don't expect to break a sweat the whole time!

When I return, I'll be in the final sprint of a two year marathon to write and produce Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book.  I intend to come back refreshed and ready to bowl over the fans of the Quirky Audio Book Series with my latest creation.  Until then, Bon Voyage and a Happy Summer to All!